St Ives Medieval Fair

St Ives Medieval Fair

For the third year Sydney’s St Ives Medieval Fair Showground will be hay-strewn and hand-forged into an accurate recreation of Medieval Europe. Covering cultures and customs from the Dark Ages to the High Middle Ages, your ticket will give you the unmatched experience of authentic medieval events, shows and atmosphere (all 100% Plague-free!).
Feel the soft fletch of an arrow graze your cheek as you let loose your bowstring. Surge and jeer with the crowd at the jousting tournament, where the thunder of hooves and the crunch of armour sees your champion victorious. Bargain with peddlers of skill and beauty to build your inventory of weapons, armour and jewellery. Later, tear at joints of meat in a grand feasting hall while jesters and musicians play for your favour in the firelight.
This two-day festival offers a glimpse into an amazing pocket of time now lost to history. It lives on in the passion of our artisan crafters, our re-enacters, our organisers, and you.

St Ives Medieval Faire – Spectacular Family Entertainment

Our program of events fills the needs of both the avid fan and the curious. Everything except food, drink and goods in the St Ives Medieval Faire is included in your ticket price. Every demonstration, every show, every experience is yours to explore once you walk through those gates. For the family, there is a wealth of activities and stalls to keep everyone entertained, organised and well-sustained throughout the day.

Complete your immersion into this fascinating time by donning your own tunic and armour for the festival. Dress yourself as a tyrannical king, a warrior, a merchant, or a character of your own fantasy. Prizes will be awarded to those who impress.

Whatever your station and status out there in the modern world, the St Ives Medieval Faire will have you engaged and fascinated, from rooster-call on the first day to the final clang of the gates on the last.

For more information: www.stivesmedievalfaire.com.au

Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse Sydney Northern Beaches

Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse Sydney Northern Beaches

Barrenjoey Lighthouse stands at Barrenjoey Head at Palm Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches. Built in 1881, this heritage lighthouse is an iconic Sydney attraction.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse sits at Sydney’s most northern point – Barrenjoey Head at Palm Beach.

A customs station was established in 1843, as the Headland marked the entrance to Broken Bay and Pittwater – considered to be the back door to Sydney for smugglers. The first report of any lighted beacon on the headland was in 1855, when a fire was raised in a basket to assist mariners during storms. Broken Bay and the Pittwater were a safe haven in storms to vessels carrying coal from Newcastle to Sydney. Similarly, barges carrying food down the Hawkesbury River were a key food source for Sydney, and would harbour in the bay, awaiting favourable weather before making the 14 km journey to Sydney.[3]

Later, in 1868, two wooden lighthouses known as the Stewart Towers, were built at either end of the headland to guide ships in. The need for a permanent light led to the construction of the current lighthouse.

The current tower is unpainted, and built of the rich-coloured local sandstone. The original lighting apparatus was a fixed red dioptric of 700 candlepower with 4 oil wick burners. In 1900, an explosion followed by a fire destroyed the ornamental roof on the adjacent oil house. The flames were subdued before reaching the tower.

In 1932, the Barrenjoey Lighthouse was converted to automatic operation with the installation of an acetylene Dalén light of 6,000 candlepower. It was turned off and on by a Sun valve. Although the acetylene gas apparatus was efficient, access to the tower for re-supply presented problems, so in 1972 the lighthouse was converted to electric operation, with a new lamp capable of 75,000 candlepower.

Take a virtual tour of Barrenjoey Lighthouse on Google Street View.

Source By: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/historic-buildings-places/Barrenjoey-Lighthouse
                   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrenjoey_Head_Lighthouse